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Nedd a dial-up ISP with no software requirement

by cbcxx / July 1, 2009 6:04 AM PDT

I am trying to find a good dial-up ISP that does not require me to use their stupid software package to access the internet. I am not running a Windoze, MAC or Linux-based computer. I am running something else.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Such would be local to you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2009 8:15 AM PDT

Since you would have to reveal your city, state or such, and such services are usually only local to you, be sure to call each one and tell them your needs.

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All over US
by cbcxx / July 1, 2009 10:39 AM PDT

That would be OK for testing locally but ultimately, the system I am designing will be deployed all over the US, so I really want something bigger than local... but thanks for the idea - I'll look into it.

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There's a bigger problem looming.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2009 11:04 AM PDT
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As there are less dialup users the costs of dialup are increasing. Then you see the dialup 'centers' shrink and find less availability all over.

I was on a design team and we quickly learned that dialup was going to kill the project in terms of support, cost and more. We went with GPRS such as which made some grumble because they thought they could use 20 dollar M.I.C. modems.

This solved that issue and the project is done and done.

Hope this helps you avoid the dialup trap.

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by cbcxx / July 8, 2009 1:14 PM PDT

Actually, that is one of the options we are making available to the customer for those who can use it. But Dial-up will still be required in some areas.

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Then no escaping
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 8, 2009 11:58 PM PDT
In reply to: GPRS

We went through this. There is no escape from research in the area of interest. Now there may be a way to cut a deal with Netzero but can the project afford the two or more suitcases of green to make it happen?

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by Crissie818 / August 23, 2009 5:30 PM PDT


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re: Nedd a dial-up ISP with no software requirement
by jotto7 / July 21, 2009 12:58 PM PDT

I was just researching some dialup options, and it appears that does not use any proprietary software, other than the tools that already come with Windows and Macs. Since you are not using them, either, perhaps your software has tools built-in, too?

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by cbcxx / July 21, 2009 8:27 PM PDT

You are correct about Copper.Net. However, they do not support CHAP authentication which is another requirement that I neglected to mention in my initial post. Same with BasicISP.

Thanks for ALL of the responses here to my question. At this point, we are not going to worry so much about dialup ISP. The system works when we dial into our mail server.

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by interlync / September 3, 2009 1:46 AM PDT

We can fit the bill. runs all Mac workstations, and we do NOT require you to use anything special software to connect via. Dialup or Broadband. We agree with you and many other customers that simply hate having to install special software to do what your OS can do out of the box.

Give us a call, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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by cbcxx / September 3, 2009 3:47 AM PDT
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Looks interesting... how can I try it out to verify it will work with my system?

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